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The 9 Feminist Books Every Modern American Woman Should Read

Every good modern American feminist should read these 9 amazing, expert recommended books.

#1 The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Alicia Malone

Alicia Malone has curated the essential list of films made by women. From Mary Herron's film American Psycho garnering a reputation as a Classic to Greta Gerwig's film Lady Bird dominating the Golden Globes and the National Society of Film Critics Awards, it is about time women in film were more thoroughly discussed.

Alicia Malone is determined to grow the conversation about both the lack of women behind the scenes and in the history books through her own book, The Female Gaze. In the mini-essays written by female film critics, discover brilliantly talented and accomplished women filmmakers, both world renowned and obscure, who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely fully acknowledged.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango.bz

#2 The Feminist Financial Handbook by Brynne Conroy

Sometimes the best way to stick it to the man is by doing well for yourself. There's just one problem: it's hard to do well for yourself when systemic oppression has placed innumerable hurdles between you and your aspirations. The Feminist Financial Handbook provides real motivation and resources for real women who may be struggling―not only those who have already accumulated wealth.

In this book, author Brynne Conroy provides actionable tips for women in business to overcome these obstacles without dulling the visceral experience of the real-life struggles women face as they try to master their money management and their lives. Because women's experiences don't exist in a vacuum relegated to their gender, the handbook explores financial issues with anecdotes and perspectives of women of different races, sexual orientations and abilities.

Whether you want to learn more about general financial planning principles, like saving or earning a higher income, or delve into issues that disproportionately affect women, like the wage gap or the long road to economic recovery after experiencing domestic violence, The Feminist Financial Handbook has stories and advice from women who have been there, worked through the struggle, and achieved personal success.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango.bz

#3 Badass Women Give the Best Advice by Becca Anderson

Women's Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships.

This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss.

Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like Size Really Does Matter, and Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever. Wait, there's more--true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there's no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way!

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango.bz

#4 Badass Affirmations by Becca Anderson

If you affirm yourself every day, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. Badass Affirmations is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. Create your own ideal life and build your self-esteem with these positive daily affirmations.

These very wise words have the power to touch our hearts, build confidence, make us laugh, and alleviate our stress―all while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Becca Anderson, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome Women, serves up a memorable and inspirational banquet of positive self-affirmations, delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable quotes from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Everyone from Malala to Madonna to Michelle Obama weighs in on the meaning of life with badass wit and timeless wisdom.

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Contributor: Brenda Knight from Mango.bz

#5 Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

At the end of the Civil War, Cathy Williams, a freed slave who spent the last year of the war as a cook’s assistant for Union General Philip Sheridan, has only a few grim options for survival: become a laundress earning a pittance, return to the farm under slavelike conditions, or prostitution. Cathy makes the ultimate feminist choice: she joins the newly formed Buffalo Soldiers unit and lives disguised as a man for over two years. She does it for the adventure and because a man in the army makes thirteen dollars a month. The novel is based on a true story.

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Contributor: Patrick Kelly from Sunlit Story Time

#7 The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

This book was written in 1963 but is a classic part of the feminist theory. So many decades later, this book’s discussion of women’s education, mental health and power is still impacting the discourse surrounding women’s roles.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#8 Gibbon’s Decline and Fall by Sheri Tepper

Employs a compelling story of a court case of a woman who was jailed for allegedly killing her baby and the decades-long friendship of a group of women. One of the women is the lawyer who defends the young woman even as a governmental body seeks to make the defendant an example of her in a time when women's rights are being eroded.

The ideals of consensus, women coming into their own power, and the search for equality among the genders come wrapped in a story that will have you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.

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Contributor: Izolda Trakhtenberg from Izolda T

#9 The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri Tepper

Set a few hundred years in our future, the book explores gender roles. Some of the men in the book have retreated from the villages and what might be called civil society. They live outside the gates of Women's Country, and only enter to procreate with the women inside. These men have embraced a more warrior-like society that reminds you of the ancient Greeks.

On the other hand, some men have accepted a more peaceful, perhaps submissive, role and continue to live within the gates of Women's Country. They work side by side with the women, but they do not hold positions of elected power. Nor are they allowed to procreate with the women in the village. Rather, they serve as celibate guides and counselors to the women who remain in charge. The story captivates with some unexpected twists that will keep you thinking about the book long after you've finished it.

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Contributor: Izolda Trakhtenberg from Izolda T

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Written by Taegan Lion